My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.
So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.
The last thing Kaylee needs right now is to be skipping school, breaking her dad's ironclad curfew and putting her too-hot-to-be-real boyfriend's loyalty to the test. But starry-eyed teens are trading their souls: a flickering lifetime of fame and fortune in exchange for eternity in the Netherworld—a consequence they can't possibly understand.
Kaylee can't let that happen, even if trying to save their souls means putting her own at risk….
I loved all the charcters of the first book so I had to find out what was going to happen with Kayley, Nash, Tod and her family considering the end of the first book pretty much left all of that high and dry.
Firstly Kaylee is now living with her father, which she gets on with even though he now puts down rules for her which she didn't really have before. He tries to act like a father should except he hasn't been around for thirteen years so this scenario would have driven me crazy but Kaylee handles it well.
Kaylee herself develops such an understanding of herself in this book. She steps up every time and takes the lead. And everyone else follows her, which considering she wasn't aware of her Banshee background until a few weeks before is great. The only thing she has issues with is self-confidence when it comes to Nash. She constantly asks herself if he'll leave her once they get further in their relationship (and by further I mean sex). In one way this is her immaturity showing through, she's not that experienced when it comes to boys and we all know that Nash is more experienced when it comes to girls.
No matter how many times these two charcters try to bond more in their love there are always complications or interruptions. Mostly from Reaper brother, Tod, who in my mind would have had a frying pan in the face if he carried on those antics. Either Tod is trying to intervene in some way or just being downright annoying, I don't know but he does prove that he's a valuable friend in this book and clearly thinks alot of Kaylee (more than he should? we'll see).
The premise of the story is rescueing Addy from dying and entering the Netherworld because she sold her soul. There's always a hidden message in Vincent's stories and this comes out loud and clear. Nothing is worth selling out for, and fame and fortune doesn't come easily. You have to work for it through hard graft and determination. Any shortcut is going to have side effects.
While Kaylee battles with new baddy Avari, we also have Emma join us in the know-how of Banshee and otherwordly life. She understands that more is going on than she realises but is happy with the 'Don't ask - don't tell' arrangement with Kaylee.
Overall, I liked this book. Not as much as the first but it comes up with a good plot and great twists and turns. The characters have all developed more since the first book and I know that alot is being left for the third to continue with.
A great book of the series.
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